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Classics: Nino Vaccarella (1933-2021): Memories of the "Racing Rector"

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Nino Vaccarella ist im Alter von 88 Jahren in seiner Heimat Sizilien gestorben © Motorsport Images Nino Vaccarella has died at the age of 88 in his homeland Sicily

The Italian sports car pilot Nino Vaccarella died at the age of 88 years. The Italian belonged to the most successful sports car drivers in his time in the 1960s and 70s. It is known mainly for its three victories at Targa Florio, at which he triggered a rarely seen local patriotism in the population.

The name of the Sicilian was to read during the race on each house wall. At its three wins in the years 1965 (Ferrari), 1971 and 1975 (each for Alfa Romeo), there was a state of emergency in the population.

Vaccarella was referred to as the "raging rector". His family had a private school in Sicily. After his career he took his job as a teacher with all a matter of course. It is therefore also referred to as the "fastest teacher of all time".

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In his book "Piloti, Che Gente", Enzo Ferrari describes him as a "spirited" driver: "While he looked calm and dominated from the outside, one could feel, as the fire and the passion of his homeland burned in him."

"The streets through the Madonie highlighted his talent perfectly as perfectionist on street courses perfectly. It needed something special so that he did not win or at least at the top riders was there.

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Vaccarella, born in 1933 in Palermo, Learned the racing in the Fiat Abarth 1100 of his father in 1956. He earned his first spores in the Privatam Scuderia Serenissima, who used Ferrari vehicles. There he delivered such impressive achievements - especially with his victory 1959 in Enna Pergusa - that he was Was brought into the Ferrari plant team.

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arrived there, he became the debut at the 12 hours of Sebring in 1963 together with Willy Mairesse and Lorenzo Bandini right on a second on a 250p. Twelve months later he succeeded on a 275p together with Lodovico Scarfiotti .

followed by the victory at the 1,000 kilometers of the Nürburgring and the very large triumph at the 24 hours of Le Mans 1964 Au F a 275er with Jean Guichet. In 1965, in the 275 together with Bandini followed the first victory at Targa.

1970, in his last season with Ferrari, he finally had the victory in Sebring follow. Vaccarella and Ignazio Giunti drove the lion's share of the race before Mario Andretti took over the tax for the last 55 minutes and brought victory into dry towels.

After the third Targa victory back to the Teacher Room

Victory Number Two at Targa followed in 1971, when Vaccarella changed for the brand world championship to Alfa Romeo. He took on T33 / 3 together with Toine Hezemans the victory at the home game and a third place in Sebring and a second at the 1,000 kilometers of Zeltweg.

His last Targa victory came in 1975, when the race was no longer part of the World Cup. He shared an Alfa Romeo T33 / TT / 12 with Arturo Merzario. Then he decided to hang the helmet on the nail and to work again as a teacher.

During his career, he also completed four starts in Formula 1 in the years 1961, 1962 and 1965. He sat every time in another race car: De Tomaso, Porsche and Lotus for the Scuderia Serenissima, 1965 a factory ferrari at the Great Price from Italy in Monza.

His best formula-1 result he took a race that does not count to the World Championship. At Coppa Italia in Vallelna, in 1962 he took third place on a Cooper Maserati of Scuderia Serenissima.

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